Saturday, July 18, 2015

Retd judges’ OROP: Plea against government


The Narendra Modi government, which is still dithering on implementation of One-Rank, One-Pension in the Army, has failed to implement OROP for retired apex court and high court judges, forcing the former judges to file contempt plea in the Supreme Court.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N.V. Ramana, who were part of the bench which in March 2014 had directed implementation of OROP for retired judges on Thursday, expressed concern over the delay and asked the senior counsel to wait for four weeks as there was some movement in the government in this regard.

Counsel Calla, who was a former judge of the Gujarat high court, insisted on issuing a contempt notice as the government was sitting over the verdict for over one year. The bench, however, said that “we should not precipitate the matter”, and posted the contempt petition for further hearing after four weeks. On March 31, 2014, a three-judge bench held that when persons who occupied the constitutional office of high court judge retire, there should not be any discrimination with regard to the fixation of their pension. It had said, “Irrespective of the source from where the judges are drawn (from among district judges or from among lawyers), they must be paid the same pension just as they have been paid same salaries and allowances and perks as serving judges.”

The grievance of retired judges was that this order was yet to be given effect to, translating into the plea.


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